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Okay Industries Introduces NexTech Labs

Friday, November 15, 2019

Okay Industries, a New Britain, CT-based contract manufacturer that engineers components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the medical device and industrial markets, is pleased to announce the addition of NexTech Labs. These prototyping and process development labs are dedicated spaces, with advanced equipment, resources and staff who work collaboratively with customers to solve complex engineering design challenges. 

NexTech Labs offer multi-axis, high-speed CNC machining, laser tube cutting, laser welding, marking and surface treating with integrated design software and advanced robotic technologies. Additionally, the labs provide 3D printing for quick-turn feasibility testing, tooling and fixtures.

“NexTech Labs bring our resources and expertise to a space where we can directly collaborate with customers,” says Sean Stowik, director of sales and marketing at Okay Industries. “We can get products to market faster and solve issues early in the design stage, which ultimately lowers production costs and improves manufacturability. 

Lordstown Motors Acquires GM Manufacturing Complex

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lordstown Motors Corp. (LMC), the electric-truck startup, has acquired General Motors' manufacturing complex in Lordstown, OH, which closed in March after manufacturing 16 million vehicles. LMC notes that the acquisition paves the way for the company to begin production of Endurance electric pickup trucks by the end of 2020.

LMC says its electric-drive technology will include licensing components by Workhorse Group, Loveland, OH. The agreement with Workhorse also provides the opportunity to transfer 6000 existing pre-orders received by Workhorse for its W-15 electric pickup truck prototype to LMC.


Gardner Aerospace Invests in a Quintus Press as Part of Chinese Expansion

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
To help further its expansion in China, Gardner Aerospace, a Sweden-based supplier of aircraft parts and sub-assemblies, has invested in a high-pressure fluid cell press from Quintus Technologies, Lewis Center, OH.

“We chose Quintus because they are an established manufacturer of quality presses,” says Christopher Owen, project director for Chengdu at Gardner Aerospace. Gardner recently opened a 484,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. “The facility allows Gardner to support China’s rapidly developing domestic market for aerospace parts while providing an attractive option for Western customers, Owen explains. “Gardner,” he says, “is committed to becoming one of the world’s top 75 aerospace companies by 2023.”


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